A little extra boost can lead to incredible possibilities. When you ride an electric bike, there’s no ride too long, no load too heavy and no place your legs can’t carry you. Ditch the daily traffic jam, get more exercise and feel great about treading more lightly on the planet. And best of all – have a ton of fun along the way.
Electric bike anatomy
Parts of an electric bike
1 Electric bike motors
All of our e-bikes are designed with mid-drive pedal-assist motors that are located in the same area as your pedals. They feel natural while pedalling, are easy to shift on hills and provide a boost of smooth, consistent power with every pedal stroke you take.
2 Electric bike displays
E-bike displays (also known as controllers) are what you use to see and control your e-bike’s settings. You can change your level of assist, see your speed and distance, and check how much battery power you have left. Our e-bike displays are super-intuitive to use and are mounted right at your fingertips for convenience.
3 Electric bike batteries
E-bike batteries are the biggest contributing factor to how far your e-bike can go. The higher the watt hour (Wh) your battery is, the more power capacity it has. Batteries can be mounted in lots of different places, but those mounted on the downtube or integrated into the downtube itself provide the best centre of gravity for better balance.
How pedal-assist motors work
Electric bikes work by using an electric motor and battery to help you power your bike. On pedal-assist e-bikes, you control the amount of power the drive system provides and the assist only kicks in when you pedal. The motor amplifies the power behind each of your pedal strokes, providing a natural riding feeling that makes it seem like your legs are supercharged!
Some manufacturers make e-bikes that use a twist throttle to engage the drive system. With these bikes, you don’t have to be pedalling for the motor to be engaged. This can be dangerous, since it’s easy to get out of control if you’re not paying attention. We only make pedal-assist e-bikes, because they feel the most like a regular bike and help riders feel more in command of their ride.
Depending on the model, your e-bike’s electric motor has a power output between 250 and 350 watts, and assists up to 20 or 28 mph (32 or 45 km/h). And you can go faster than that without feeling much resistance from the motor.
You can charge your battery on or off the bike using a charging cable that functions just like your laptop’s. Plus, our Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system makes it easy to take your battery with you for on-the-go charging.
All our displays show you critical ride info like range, assist mode, speed and battery level. Select displays take things a step further by integrating with your phone for on-bike access to music, apps, turn-by-turn directions and more.
The general range estimate for an electric bike varies from 20 to 100 miles on a single charge. Yes, it’s really wide! That’s because there are so many factors that determine your range – some you can control, some you can’t. Those you can include the size of your battery, the efficiency of your motor, the level of motor assist you select and how much weight you’re carrying. Those you can’t include wind, weather, temperature and terrain.
How batteries affect range
The bigger your battery, the more capacity you have to go further or go faster. Battery power is measured in watt hours (Wh), the higher the Wh the bigger the battery capacity.
How level of pedal-assist affects range
Your range is directly affected by the assist mode you pick. For example, eco mode provides the least amount of assist, draws the least power from the battery and gives you the longest range. Turbo mode provides the most assist, draws the most power from your battery and will drain your battery the quickest.
To help you figure out the most accurate range estimate your for e-bike, we recommend using Bosch’s range finder tool.